Drivers could help identify offenders

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Dodgy driving will be the focus of a proposed dash-cam project across South Canterbury.

The project would help pinpoint problem areas and highlight acts of dangerous driving, South Canterbury road safety co-ordinator Daniel Naude said.

He welcomes people who regularly drive on the district’s roads to help the programme by sharing footage of dangerous driving, either using their own high-definition dash-mounted camera or one that would be supplied.

“I want to hear what people’s opinions are on this,” he said.

“It’s not about dobbing people in. It’s making people realise there’s consequences.”

Mr Naude said the project was not designed to replace police.

Instead, it would provide authorities with the evidence needed to see where there were problem areas.

He hopes to get the support of people who regularly drive, particularly on rural roads where crashes happen.

“They would be issued with high-definition dash cams. They will do their normal thing driving and when they witness an incident they take note of the time and make it available to us and the police, and we’ll deal with that.”

The aim was to make people aware of their “bad decision”, he said.

“We want to get the data behind this.”

Often people talked about their bad experiences and near-misses on the roads, but it was difficult to do anything about it when the information was not recorded.

“We want to properly manage that.

“The idea behind this is, again, to have those extra eyes on the roads so that we can support the police and we’ll definitely put up signs everywhere to warn people this campaign is running. People will be informed and we hope that will make people take less chances,” he said.

“The whole point about this is to make it safer for everyone.”

He said the concept was still in its early stages, but hoped it would soon be rolled out.

To find out more or to support the initiative email daniel.naude@timdc.govt.nz or phone (03) 687-7235.